Updated December 11, 2018 13:21:22There’s been no shortage of fan reactions to the final Star Wars episode, and there was plenty to be said about what it meant to be a diehard fan.
The final scene, where Rey and Kylo Ren’s meeting ends in tragedy, has been universally panned.
But it has also been lauded by fans for a number of reasons.
The ending has been embraced by the fandom for the way it reveals Kylo as the villain.
It’s a departure from what most fans expected to see.
In many ways, it’s a very fitting conclusion to the first instalment of the saga.
It has, however, created a bit of a backlash among fans who were hoping the finale would be a step back for the franchise.
“It’s a bit disappointing to see Rey being taken to the dark side,” fan website The Star Wars Fan Club wrote.
“When you think about the series as a whole, there is never really a ‘good’ ending.
You just end up with the dark ending.”
The reaction to the ending was largely negative, with some claiming it was a step backwards for the story.
“The ending is so far away from what we were hoping for,” wrote Star Wars fan site The New York Times.
“What is important here is that Rey was redeemed.
There is no redemption for her.
There was no hope for her in the first place.
It just became a tragedy.”
But not everyone was as negative as that.
Some fans have argued that the scene is actually more relatable than some of the other moments of the series.
The original trilogy, which began with The Empire Strikes Back, was set in the year 2 BBY.
It is a time of intense conflict between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, which the first film had largely depicted as being peaceful.
The events of The Force Unleashed, which took place several years later, followed a group of children who were kidnapped by a dark side force and taken to Jakku.
They had no idea what the dark sides had become and were forced to watch as they were slowly killed.
“I think it’s actually a very relatable ending to the original trilogy,” said Luke Skywalker, a Star Wars veteran.
“This is the darkside that we saw before.
And I think it makes it a bit more relicant to see how much things have changed.””
We’ve had a few more things happen, like Luke and Leia being pregnant, so that has been more reliveable than just the destruction and death of the Death Star,” he added.”
There are a lot more things that can happen to us than just a few shots in a movie, so it’s great to see.”
The ending also has been criticised for making it seem as if Rey’s character is on the receiving end of a villainous plot.
Some, however do not agree.
“Even if it is a villain, there’s no real villain in the original film,” said James Gunn, director of The Avengers.
“In the original story, we had this big fight between the Jedi and the Sith, and Kylos, so why can’t Rey be on the other side of the Force?”
So that is definitely something that will be explored in the new film, and we’ll definitely see more of Rey.